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Workshop by Picken5 posted 01-13-2011 07:22 AM 3318 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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My wife and I recently relocated to Hutchinson, KS from KY to be closer to family. Hence, the photos of my old shop aren’t accurate at all. But since I don’t yet have my new shop setup, I’m just going to leave these here until I have something new to post photos of. I am in the process of upgrading my shop. With roughly 4 times the space I had previously, I’ve got a ton of work to do getting the unfinished basement space turned into a workable shop. I’ll post photos once the current mess starts to come together.

I’ve read a lot of descriptions of workshops and a common theme seems to be that most feel their shop isn’t big enough. Interestingly, they’re usually (but not always) bigger than mine. My new workshop (like my previous shop) is in the basement of my new house. I’ll be working to transform about 550 sq feet of space into a great workshop. So far, I’ve upgraded my table saw, band saw and added a new dust collector, but I still need to upgrade other items. The more significant tools in my shop include:

- Grizzly G0690 10” Table Saw w/Incra Miter & mobile base
- Laguna 1412 Bandsaw w/Laguna Mobility Kit
- Laguna 2HP Mobile Cyclone Dust Collector
- Jet 17” Bench-Top Drill Press
- Delta 6” Jointer w/mobile base
- Dewalt 12” Compound Miter Saw
- Dewalt 13” Thickness Planer
- Jet 12-21 Variable Speed Lathe
- Hitachi 4” Belt/Disc Sander
- Craftsman 2-1/4 HP Router
- Craftsman 1-1/2 HP Router
- Rigid Trim Router
- Craftsman 30-Gal Shop Vac with Dust Deputy
- Shop Vac Air Cleaner
- Porter Cable Air Compressor w/Brad Nailer
- Rigid 5” Random-Orbit Sander
- Rigid Oscillating Belt/Spindle Sander
- Clamps, clamps & more clamps

I’m hoping to put in a reasonable dust collection system in this new space. Like I said, I’ll post some photos once I’ve made some reasonable progress.

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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#1 posted 01-13-2011 05:28 PM

Picken5, it looks like you have put together a pretty nice shop to work in. You have it organized well and making your power tools mobile is a good way to help maximize the space that you have. I am sure that, given your current interest in woodworking, you wish you had carved out more space before finishing the basement but you have done well with the space that you have.

You have put together a nice collection of tools as well. Thanks for the pictures. I enjoyed taking a tour of your shop.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 01-13-2011 05:47 PM

Nice looking workshop, Picken5.

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#3 posted 01-14-2011 06:56 AM

Thanks CharlieL. Correction noted. I got my drill press from my local Lowes about a year ago. It was a demo model that they wanted to sell—last one they had. In the store, it seemed fine, but they couldn’t find the manual or a chuck key. Needless to say, I got a good deal (about $85 if memory serves me correctly—but I had to buy a new chuck key and download the manual from the internet.) Mine worked fine (and still does). The only real flaw on it is that the tilt scale appears to have been riveted on slightly off center—it doesn’t quite line up with the the zero mark on the table. For me that isn’t a big deal—I don’t expect to be tilting the table very much, and I can always add a new zero line mark if needed. I’m pleased with mine also.

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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#4 posted 01-12-2014 04:39 AM

Good lookin shop Howard. Thnx for the tour.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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